Pentagram: Illini-Spartans

Illinois followed their recent win one, lose one form with a loss to Michigan State, 61-57.  But not to worry!  With a road trip to Columbus on Tuesday, the Orange & Blue have a chance for a little mini-streak here…

This was the best chance for that enigmatic road win before season’s end, but Kalin Lucas proved too much for the Illini, hitting for 25 – including seemingly every clutch basket in the final 10 minutes.  The Spartans were vulnerable.  Draymond Green was less than full speed and they played several walk-ons for long stretches, but Illinois shot too poorly to win.

What it means now:  the Illini absolutely have to win the final two home games against Iowa and Indiana and win at least one game in the Big 10 Tournament.  That will get them to 20 wins and a likely 8-9 seed in the tourney.  The road games at Ohio State and Purdue…  Just try not to get beat up too badly and hope someone in orange has a career game.  Maybe the Buckeyes will be down a little.  Coming off that loss to Purdue, with a short turn-around.  Yeah.  We’re not holding our breath.

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